The good news: You're spending a week at a conference or in your company's office in another city. The bad news: Your employer is paying for the flight—but checked bag fees? Not so much. And trying to cram a week's worth of outfits into your carry-on is not exactly going well.
Well, we at The Daily Muse have endured more business trips than we'd care to remember, and we've got the packing challenge down to a T. Here’s our no-fail, carry-on size packing list: just eight pieces plus three pairs of shoes, and how to make it work all week long.
Your Packing List
Start the week off with a classic look: a bold-colored, solid tank with a neutral blazer and skirt. Then, make it your own with accessories, like a multi-strand necklace or this funky ikat bracelet. Heels feel like too much after sleeping on the plane all night? Throw on your flats, which will look perfectly professional paired with the rest of the pieces.
After you've slept off the jet lag, kick things up a notch with this fun, feminine look. Start with your black dress, then throw on the bold blazer, a pretty ruffled scarf, and plenty of jewelry. Neutral pumps keep the look light and airy, while still completely office-ready.
Bust out your patterned dress in the middle of the week, since it's the only piece you won't be mix-and-matching. All you need to complete the look is your black pumps and a single piece of standout jewelry.
The black dress you donned on Tuesday will look completely different when it's paired with another blazer and a big, bright necklace. If you have a day of meetings, wear black pumps, and if you're running around town, throw on your flats.
When Friday, comes, have some fun with a graphic tank, your bold blazer, and black-and-gold accessories like a chunky belt and bracelets. When paired with your pencil skirt, it's all totally work-appropriate.
Headed out after work? Ditch the blazer and add great jeans, statement jewelry, and a clutch, and your graphic top becomes instantly evening-ready.
If you're planning on a day of shopping or brunching, throw on your jeans, the solid tank from Monday, and flats. If it's a chilly, just throw on the scarf or a blazer.
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